The Diderot String Quartet

The Valley Concert Society is delighted to open 2019 with the outstanding Diderot String Quartet presenting a program of music from the Classical Period on Saturday, January 12 at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium.

The musicians of the Diderot Quartet are prominent participants in the Baroque music scene of the eastern USA. While they live in New York City, the quartet currently has a residency with the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The program will open with a work from the Father of the String Quartet, Franz Joseph Haydn. Haydn wrote 68 string quartets in his lifetime. Diderot has chosen to play No. 2 from the six quartets of Opus 20. This is a particularly important set of quartets which are generally regarded to have set the mold which influenced many later composers, including the other two on this program.

The program will conclude with Mozart’s Dissonance Quartet, probably his most famous. The name given to this work comes from the unusual opening notes. This quartet also belongs to a set of six quartets, which Mozart dedicated to Haydn.

Between these two great masterworks will be a gem from a largely unknown French composer, Hyacinthe Jadin. Jadin, who was a contemporary of Mozart and Haydn, lived a tragically short life but did produce some gorgeous music which has been unfairly neglected. Thanks to the Diderot Quartet, you will be able to hear his delightful Op. 2, No. 1 in E flat major.

There is no better way to drive away the January Blues than with this program of music that will charm you from beginning to end presented by outstanding musicians. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online from the society’s website at a cost of $28 for adults or $15 for students. For more information, call 604-289-3377.